How the team behind Netflix's 'Untold' reframed the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax

In highschool, Te’o was an all-around star — beloved by these round him and on monitor for a full soccer scholarship at the University of Notre Dame. He was the golden boy in his Hawaii hometown, energetic in his religion and straightforward to get together with.

Then, tragedy struck. His grandma died, then his girlfriend. Both on the similar day. Te’o, Tuiasosopo and the elaborate 2013 hoax are the topic of a brand new two-part documentary, “Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist,” directed by Ryan Duffy and Tony Vainuku, out Tuesday on Netflix.

The story of Te’o and his faux girlfriend is a widely known one, however the story of Tuiasosopo — who created the fictional girlfriend as a approach to come to phrases along with her personal gender dysphoria — is much less so. Tuiasosopo has since come out as a transgender lady.

Though audiences might first acknowledge Te’o’s identify, the documentary opens with Tuiasosopo

She takes a central function all through the two episodes, bringing audiences alongside on her journey of self discovery and gender identification — formed partially by her experiences catfishing Te’o.

CNN spoke with Maclain Way, who created the “Untold” collection with brother Chapman, about how the team approached portraying Tuiasosopo’s and Te’o’s journeys as each synchronous and separate.

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